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The Tenino mayorship — the gift that keeps on giving, at least for us journalist types. Thankfully, this sordid tale of woe ends in the brightest of notes, with kudos to the current mayor of … more
Washington state residents currently pay 49.4 cents per gallon in state taxes and an additional 18.4% in federal taxes at the pump. That’s currently the fourth-highest gas tax in the … more
On Tuesday, my friend Edna Fund sent me a text message asking how quickly I could get to the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds. There was a first-shot Moderna COVID-19 vaccine clinic going on, and … more
There were an interesting few hours here, recently, at Chez Moeller (pronounced kinda like “Mewlay”). For portions of two days recently, I was host to one of the largest cats … more
The Washington state government isn’t just nickel and diming us when it comes to a neverending conveyor belt of new and increased taxes and fees this legislative session. They’re … more
Washington lawmakers this year eschewed the opportunity to add some balance to state government. But the coronavirus pandemic has illuminated the issue and should compel the Legislature to reconsider … more
As she’s done every morning for years, Aime Silvestre cracked open the back door of her King Road home March 29 to let out her fluffy, white Yorkie Pomeranian. On that cold Monday morning, … more
The past year has challenged us all. For caregivers working in assisted living communities and our peers in health care, it can be a struggle to put into words what our staff, residents and our … more
Last Monday morning around 7:30, a semi-truck driver was headed down a hill in southeast Tacoma. It was a normal drive down a wooded but busy street. As he neared the intersection and traffic light … more
I visited a friend in need in Seattle about a month ago. As I drove from the downtown waterfront through the Chinatown-International District and up onto Beacon Hill, my favorite big city was showing … more
As of last week, thousands of smokers of all ages, whether current or former, are automatically eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations in our state. No proof of purchase or breath test required. No … more
It’s curmudgeon time again, folks. Contained here are a few things that have caught my attention in the last six months or so. You may add to the list if you want, but that entails being … more
Francis A. Schaeffer in his book “How Should We Then Live? The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture” ponders this question. Schaeffer is considered by many scholars to be one … more
As state lawmakers enter the final weeks of the 2021 legislative session — and the start of the second year of the pandemic — the condition of the state budget is nothing short of … more
A week ago, after looking at a used car for my daughter, I crawled behind the steering wheel in our car, whipped off my mask, wrapped it over my rearview mirror, and swallowed. Suddenly, I … more
If you’re parenting a teen or pre-teen, odds are that you sometimes wish you could have a little help from someone with experience, insight and ideas tailored to your troubles. Fortunately, … more
The state Supreme Court ruling on Feb. 25 that simple drug possession is no longer a felony had Lewis County scrambling for answers, but for now, there is a pause in local deliberations over the … more
Adna is a small, rural town, 126 years old, located just 6 miles west of Interstate 5.  It lies in the valley and hills along the Chehalis River. Our community shows a fierce dedication to … more
You may recall I made a pledge around the beginning of winter that for the duration of its nasty days and evenings, I would concentrate on re-reading books that I had saved because I enjoyed them so … more
A federal court order to open up hundreds of fish passages beneath roads by 2030 has been Washington’s burden for years. This $3.7 billion undertaking deserves federal funding so it does not … more
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